In an interview with SporTV on Thursday, 26 July 2018, Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci admitted that he made mistakes during the World Cup game between England and Tunisia in the group stage of the competition. At the time, he was the video assistant referee (VAR) of the match.
Foul on Miranda (Brazil – Switzerland)
"That moment took Miranda out of the game. For me it was a penalty, especially in slow motion. The slow motion was to see the point of contact, but slow motion is also used to see the player's movement; on the fast camera you do not see a malicious movement".
Foul on Gabriel Jesus (Brazil – Belgium)
For Ricci, the VAR should have signaled foul in the Gabriel Jesus situation in the match against Belgium, when the striker was knocked over in the area. "There were two VAR interventions in the second phase and it should have been a third one in Gabriel's situation”.
VAR in Brazil?
"At FIFA, the bank is FIFA; at Conmebol, it is Conmebol. In Spain it is La Liga, because it is La Liga that makes the competition. CBF had a profit of 50 million last year, according to the Globo. I do not understand why not take that profit and not invest it in the VAR. I think CBF will eventually use it in Brazil. If the clubs cannot afford it, let the CBF do it. The CBF's mission is to promote football and thus promote football and justice".
World Cup Final
"Yes, I had hopes, we never know. We were among the candidates. Our Brazilian trio had made a good World Cup; in fact it is a process of choice and FIFA opted for the Argentine trio".